348 The Loom of Language of Vulgar Latin origin mingle with Bulgarian., Albanian, Hungarian^ Greek3 and Turkish intruders. The Slavonic loan-words predominate. Apart from its hybrid character^ comparison with English or Persian' breaks down. Rumanian grammar has not undergone great simplifica- tion. One odd feature mentioned on p. 280 is reminiscent of the Scandi- navian clan. In the eastern Empire^ Vulgar Latin favoured the post- posited article^ e.g. homo ilk> rather than the more western ilk homo. For that reason, the article is now agglutinated to the end of many Rumanian nouns in such contractions as omul = homo ilk (the man)5 lupul = lupu ilk (the wolf),, cdinele = cane" ilk (the dog). Earliest Rumanian documents do not go back more than four hundred years and are ecclesiastical. To-day 15 million people speak the language. FURTHER READING BOURCIEZ Elements de Linguistique Romane. GRANDGENT An Introduction to Vulgar Latin.